Arizona Wildcats second baseman Trent Gilbert was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft this morning. Gilbert, a Torrance, Calif., native, was the 462nd overall pick.
Gilbert started all 55 games for the Wildcats this past season as a junior and hit .324. The left-handed hitter led the Wildcats with 16 doubles and eight triples and had 39 RBIs.
The second baseman wasn't the only UA player to go today. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Parmenter was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 21st round.
He was the 635th overall pick. Parmenter was a position player his first two seasons, before moving to pitcher for his junior year. He had a 4.91 ERA in 29 1/3 innings.
Gilbert, meanwhile, was a mainstay for the Wildcats the past three seasons. He started all 174 games he played in and batted .313 for his career in 681 at-bats. The second baseman started 64 games in 2012 for the UA’s national championship team.
Gilbert was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 40th round of the 2011 draft out of high school, but elected to sign with Arizona.
He’s the first Arizona player to be taken by Oakland since pitcher Preston Guilmet in 2008. He went in the 22nd round.
Gilbert and Parmenter have until July 19th to sign with their respective teams, but will likely take care of it in the next few weeks and begin their professional careers.
Arizona has now had three players taken in the draft. Right-handed pitcher James Farris went yesterday in the ninth round to the Chicago Cubs.